Sophomore Siim Tuus won his No. 1 singles match, 6-2, 7-5.
Despite earning the doubles point for an early lead, the Liberty men's tennis team dropped their season opener on Thursday to East Carolina, 5-2, at the Greenbrier Resort.
The Flames (0-1) opened the contest by taking the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches from East Carolina (1-0). Tristan Stayt and Giancarlo Lemmi defeated Stian Tvedt and Henrik Skalmerud, 8-6 in the No. 2 spot, while Mandeep Yadev and Piotr Kruk teamed up to earn a 9-7 victory over John Schmitt and Massimo Mannino, securing the doubles point for Liberty.
The Pirates took over during singles competition, taking wins in five of the six matches for the 5-2 overall win. Sophomore Siim Tuus scored the only victory in singles for the Flames, knocking off Jaroslav Horvath, 6-2, 7-5, in the No. 1 spot.
Liberty continues action today at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., facing Bluefield this morning.
East Carolina 5, Liberty 2 DOUBLES: 1. Horoath/Vielgenn (ECU) def Tuus/Thomas (LU) 8-4 2. Stayt/Lemmi (LU) def Tuedt/Stialmevud (ECU) 8-6 3. Yadav/kruk (LU) def Schmitt/Manning (ECU) 9-7 SINGLES: 1. Tuus (LU) def. Horuath (ECU) 6-2, 7-5 2. Mannino (ECU) def. Stayt (LU) 6-3, 6-1 3. Stialmevud (ECU) def. Kruk (LU) 6-3, 7-5 4. Vliegen (ECU) def. Lemmi (LU) 6-3, 6-0 5. Schmitt (ECU) def. Thomas (LU) 6-1, 6-3 6. Martinez (ECU) def. Yadav (LU) 6-2, 7-6(3)